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ROUND UP: Surrey’s unsung heroes recognised; Surrey shop owner guilty of selling illegal tobacco; Consultation events on boundary review proposals

chairmansvolunteerserviceawards2016-061Surrey’s unsung heroes recognised

Almost 30 of Surrey’s unsung heroes were recognised at a ceremony hosted by the county council’s chairman.

Sally Marks handed volunteers a certificate and a medal at the event in Dorking to recognise the work they do in their communities.

Among those receiving awards were Carole Anne Cole, from Camberley, who invites young homeless people to stay in her home until they find their feet.

She also helped to set up an all-night café which provides hot meals and a safe place for people in need.

Susanne Young Hotz, from Horley, runs the town’s Army Cadet Force and cleans the graves of servicemen and women.

Mrs Marks said: “It was fantastic to thank these amazing unsung volunteers and celebrate the work they do for their communities.

“It’s a privilege and an honour to see that sense of community first hand when I travel across the county in my role as chairman and I am constantly moved by the selfless dedication of these wonderful people.”

A selection of images from the event can be found on Surrey News’ flickr page and full list of those recognised can be found here.


Surrey shop owner guilty of selling illegal tobacco

A Surrey shop owner has been fined for selling illegal tobacco following a raid by Surrey trading standards officers.

Officers seized hundreds of counterfeit cigarettes and tobacco pouches worth up to £800 after discovering them stored under the counter of an off-licence in Edinburgh Drive, Laleham, in February.

Manmeet Singh Grover, 30, of Hanworth, who is the sole director of the Bargain Booze store, pleaded guilty at Redhill Magistrates’ Court to breaching tobacco labelling requirements and trademark laws.

He was fined £1,100 and ordered to pay a £30 victim surcharge and prosecution costs of £1,171, bringing the total to £2,301.

Steve Ruddy, head of service at Buckinghamshire and Surrey Trading Standards*, said: “The trade in illegal tobacco damages people’s health and undermines reputable businesses and we will take firm action whenever we can against those involved in it.”

The prosecution coincides with Stoptober, a campaign to encourage smokers to quit for 28 days in a bid to help them kick the habit for good. To find out more, visit the Healthy Surrey website.

Anyone with information about illegal tobacco or who has any other consumer concerns should contact 0345 040506.

*Buckinghamshire and Surrey operate a joint trading standards service


Consultation events on boundary review proposals

Events for residents to have their say on proposals to change the constituency boundaries in Surrey are being held this month.

The Boundary Commission for England is reviewing the boundaries nationally. Its initial proposals were published online in September.

The consultations takes place on Thursday 20 October (10am-8pm) and Friday 21 October (9am-5pm) at the Guildford Harbour Hotel. Anyone wishing to attend can book a place online.


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